The Monuments Men

Theatrical Release: February 7, 2014
The Monuments Men
Not Recommended for Families

Synopsis

In a race against time, a crew of art historians and museum curators unite to recover renowned works of art stolen by Nazis before Hitler destroys it.

Dove Review

This movie begins with the notation that it is based on a true story. It opens in Paris, France, in March, 1943. George Clooney, who produced and co-wrote the script, along with directing the film, is a very capable filmmaker who puts out a quality motion picture. It is unfortunate the content is outside our family friendly perimeters in the use of strong language, but there is a commendable scene in which Matt Damon’s character, James Granger, turns down advances made by Cate Blanchett’s character, Claire Simone, when Claire strongly intimates she would like James to spend the night with her. James is married with children at home and he won’t allow himself to be unfaithful to his family.

The film features an interesting plot: several soldiers (played by big name actors) are assigned the task of protecting and recovering stolen art from the Nazis in order to preserve the culture and history of the people of France and other countries. This includes the Madonna and Child sculpture which is stolen and which Frank Stokes (George Clooney), the commander of the mission, intends to recover. Precious artwork is also stolen and the movie does a good job in mixing drama with humorous moments as well as moments of compassion for humanity and all that entails. The recreations of this time period are commendable and the battle scenes are gritty and realistic. Hitler’s presence is felt throughout much of the movie and the conclusion of the film is definitely satisfying.

However, due to the previously mentioned language issue, we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to this picture.

Content Description

Sex: A woman hints she wants a married man to spend the night with her but he doesn't.
Language: GD-6; J/JC-6; O/G-1; H-9; "H-bent"-1; S-5; D-2; SOB-1; A "Screw the Germans" comment.
Violence: A bomb is dropped on a city; several characters are shot and killed; some bloody wounds including a stomach wound and blood seen on hands; a kid does some shooting at soldiers but does not hit them; a lot of gunfire at characters; a dentist uses a hammer on man's tooth to help him.
Drugs: Several drinking scenes including champagne and cognac; constant cigarette smoking throughout the movie; cigar smoking.
Nudity: Artwork featuring women's breasts; a sculpture shows a boy's privates; woman's breasts seen on sculpture; a man's chest is seen in shower.
Other: Two women spit in a man's glass and then serve him a drink; a "kraut" comment; a man that is not Jewish is told he should be glad Jews were killed; death and grief.

Info

Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Source: Theater
Company: Columbia Tri-Star Pictures
Writer: George Clooney & Grant Heslov
Director: George Clooney
Producer: George Clooney
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 118 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Starring: George Clooney,Matt Damon,Bill Murray